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Gary A. Ballard

As mentioned in this previous news release, I have decided to rename the upcoming cyberpunk novel in the Bridge Chronicles series. I had originally named it The Shootist, a title which did have meaning in the context of the story. Discovering (or perhaps remembering) a John Wayne film of the same name, I came to discover the film had been based on a Western novel of the same name. Not wanting to confuse my novel with that novel in the search engines of Amazon and other book retailers, I decided that I needed to change the title to something more unique that still had meaning to the story. There were a few options I went over and rejected, mostly because of the same duplication of titles issue that would have come up with the previous title. While writing and researching yesterday, I finally hit upon a phrase that I liked and that fit with the story. 

For months now, I've been working on the next novel in the Bridge Chronicles series, a book I had titled The Shootist. Somewhere in the fevered recesses of my mind, I had the idea that somewhat awkward name was unique, original, something I'd come up with on my own. The reason for its construction I can't reveal, because it has something to do with a big part of the narrative in the novel that I'm not ready to go into yet. However, I've come to find out that The Shootist is actually the name of an existing novel, a western by Glendon Swarthout published in 1975, with a John Wayne movie of the same name having been released a year later.

While normally I might not care. I'm sure no one would confuse the two novels once context was established. However, search engines often don't distinguish context well at all. As I'm reliant on search engine results (like those in the Amazon search engine) for much of my sales, I really don't want to be confused with the western novel of the same name. I'm still mulling over a new title, something that captures the essence of the narrative and any underlying meanings, like if [tribe] = did for that novel.

The good news is that work on the novel continues apace, though its pace isn't as quick as I'd like. I'm over halfway through now. I've gotten into the meat of the backstory of the mysterious assassin, Logan, and am writing pieces that originally appeared in the first unpublished novel in the setting that I did years ago, only better. 

Keep checking my Twitter feed or this web site for more updates.

Thanks to an attentive reader, I was reminded that my link to the original publication site of the short story, The New Transfer Protocol, has been dead for awhile now. I had meant to repost the story in its entirety but life intruded and I've slept since then, so I had forgotten. That has changed, as I've now put a fresh link to the entire story on the site. You can find the link in the Tales From the Bridge Chronicles section of the site, or if you'd like to read it along with the other stories, you can Buy the eBook